Gabie Martinez takes 2014 Miss Live Oak County crown
LIVE OAK COUNTY – While she didn’t have all the impossibly-long strands of hair necessary for the job, Gabie Martinez, 16, otherwise made an excellent Rapunzel — the fairy tale princess character who originally debuted in a collection of Brothers Grimm tales.
Gabie Martinez’s dancing skills, poise, confidence and overall winning attitude ultimately won the senior Miss Live Oak County 2014 crown on Saturday.
She was very composed when she strode the runway, newly-crowned and confident, before a packed audience Saturday.
Leslie Marie Hatch, last year’s Miss Live Oak County, competed against Gabie in 2013 and had the distinction of placing the crown on her successor’s head. Incidentally, Stella Hatch, Leslie Marie Hatch’s aunt, was mistress of ceremonies for the event.
The theme of this year’s pageant was “Once Upon A Time,” and each contestant dressed like their favorite fairy tale characters.
Contestants were dressed as characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Fancy Nancy, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web, and even Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
Other movies and stories that contributed characters to the contest included The Princess Bride and The Jungle Book.
Gabie Martinez was definitely Rapunzel, who led a secluded life but was very self-assertive—and quick to konk an intruder to her bedroom on the head with a skillet during her interpretative dance.
Gabie, who is home-schooled, competed against 14 other young ladies to win the crown. She is no stranger to the pageant held each year at the Live Oak County Coliseum. She completed last year, as well.
Definitely a child of the 21st Century. Gabie and the others read out loud their answers to various pageant questions during the proceedings.
One pageant query was, “In today’s world of social media which do you prefer, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?”
“Instagram — Life can be taken in pic and you can do so much more with it.”
Gabie in particular was asked about her favorite magazine—and why that magazine remains her favorite.
Gabie’s response echoed her ambition to one day become a beautician.
“Seventeen,” she answered. “My passion is hair and makeup. It inspires me to make people feel beautiful every day.”
Gabie Martinez is the daughter of Celina Chapa and Tony Martinez.
Also during the pageant, George West Senior High School Principal Tommy Williams was bestowed the Clayson D. Royal Award in recognition of his work with children in the county.